West Long Branch: The WLB Council meeting opened with a moment of silence. Mayor Janet Tucci recalled the life of service and dedication by Police Chief James Maletto who passed on June 4th. His many accomplishments and recognitions included Man of the Year in 1972 from the Chamber of Commerce, Medal for Bravery from PBA Local 141. He established the school D.A.R.E. program and the Explorers in the borough. He was a fire company member and community leader.
The annual Fishing Derby to be held at Franklin Lake was firmed up at this weeks meeting, as Councilman Chris Neyhart asked for all to come out for the big day. The lake has been stocked with help from the county complimented with a bunch of mighty big eels and turtles with awesome shells.
The Recreation programs for the summer were posted on the website, including the music series. The full season schedule is being worked on so end of season dates and entertainment is still being firmed up.
The Borough has introduced a "No Smoking" ban for the parks and public places to be set for public hearing at the next meeting. They voted and adopted the recreational marijuana restriction which has been under study for quite a while. It includes prohibition of growing, processing or producing materials and plants. Mr. V. LePore, Long Branch, thanked the council for the action and what he called controls of legal restrictions and harm to children.
Summer Recreation employees were approved for the summer and funds were allocated for hydrilla plant control, an invasive aquatic plant that is a regular nuisance in Franklin Lake.
In the public portion of the meeting resident Mary Lynch appealed for help to address the property care and maintenance of the cemetery on Wall Street and Locust at the First Methodist Church. Lynch was having difficulty getting volunteers. The Borough is limited in what it can legally do and funding for the work stopped years ago as owners of the properties disappeared. Lynch has been asking for assistance through the West Long Branch Residents Facebook Group and on Friday said her efforts were beginning to pay off. Those wishing to help can contact her at 732.962.3259, her cell. Texting is okay.